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2020 Queen's Beasts White Lion Of Mortimer One Ounce Gold Proof Coin

UK20QWGP 2020 Queen's Beasts White Lion Of Mortimer One Ounce Gold Proof Coin Boxed
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From a limited edition of just 390 coins! This premium one ounce 24-carat gold proof Queen's Beasts coin features the White Lion of Mortimer. This was the seventh proof release in the popular 11-part range from the UK's Royal Mint. Queen's Beasts coins celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's royal and noble ancestors through the heraldic creatures that feature on their coats of arms. They're based on a menagerie of statues that guarded Westminster Abbey during Her Majesty's 1953 coronation. The White Lion on this stunning £100 coin is a fearsome creature associated with the family of Anne de Mortimer, through whom Henry VII, the first Tudor king, claimed royal descent. This design by Jody Clark shows the lion with one paw resting on the shield, emblazoned with a white rose, encircled by a golden sun: a powerful symbol linked to the House of York. Unlike the Lion of England, this Queen's Beast is uncrowned. Clark is also the artist behind the portrait of The Queen that features on the obverse: the fifth and final definitive effigy used on UK coinage. This coin is struck in 31.21 grams of 999.9 gold to proof standard and measures 32.69 millimetres from milled edge to milled edge. This pre-owned coin is among the lowest mintage 1oz Queen's Beasts issued by The Royal Mint and is offered in its original presentation case with a numbered certificate of authenticity enclosed.
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Obverse

Jody Clark's fifth and final definitive portrait of Queen Elizabeth II with  legend around reading: 'ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·'.

Reverse

Fearsome lion facing right above shield of arms with blazing sun. Legend around reads: 'WHITE LION OF MORTIMER' with '2020' at top, divided by the design. Artist: Jody Clark.

Specification

UK coin with a fine proof finish. Face value: £100 / One Hundred Pounds. Weight: 31.21 grams. Composition: 24-carat of 99.99% gold. Diameter: 32.69 millimetres. Edge: milled.

Presentation

This pre-owned one ounce, gold proof Queen's Beasts coin is from a limited edition presentation of just 390 pieces according to The Royal Mint. This example comes in its original presentation packaging, including an individual capsule and a wooden display case. A numbered certificate of authenticity is enclosed.

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Lions have been used in heraldry for centuries, representing strength and courage. As the 'King of the Beasts' the lion is often associated with royalty, shown crowned on coats of arms of many European monarchs and nobles.

The White Lion of Mortimer is shown uncrowned in this design by Jody Clark, its tail tucked behind its body to suggest dignified loyalty. This lion - presented quite differently to the Lion of England - is a symbol associated with Anne de Mortimer, grandmother of Yorkist King Edward IV. Later, King Henry VII, the first of the Tudors, used the White Lion to show his links with the House of York. Modern British monarchs, including King Charles III are distantly related to their medieval predecessors.

The shield that the White Lion of Mortimer grasps with its clawed paw is emblazoned with a 'white rose en soliel', another symbol associated with the Yorkists. It combines their traditional white rose (as opposed to the rival House of Lancaster's red rose) with a sun-ray motif. Some believe that the sunburst design was incorporated into the House of York's heraldry after a parhelion or 'sun dog' appeared to the future Edward IV's troops before a major battle during the Wars of the Roses, interpreted as a sign from God.

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